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ac2zoom asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

What is the history of the term honest injun?

What does it come from?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Originally, in the early 1800s, it was believed that Native Indians (Injuns) were intrinsically more honest than were the White Men who stole their land and misled Native Americans. But Indians, being more child-like, honest, and moral were seldom the dishonest ones. Therefore when a white man made a vow they would raise their hand and proclaim, "Honest Injun" meaning, I'm speaking like an Indian (trustworthy) rather than as a white man (dishonest).

    And there you have it.

    Honest Injun.

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  • 4 years ago

    Honest Injun

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    5 years ago

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  • Naz F
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    1 decade ago

    The answer above me is good.

    I also think it might have come about because the native-Americans had different ideas of property rights than the Europeans, which was mistaken for thievery/dishonesty. (eg, an 'Indian giver' might want goods that he gave away suddenly returned) Those who followed the European perspective on property rights, in contrast, were 'honest' Indians.

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